Many senior caregivers are Certified Nursing Aides, Certified Home Health Aides or Certified Personal Care Assistants (the Department of Health in each state establishes the guidelines for caregivers staffed by licensed nursing homes, assisted living companies and senior home care agencies).
The training requirements for certification allow the hiring senior care companies to know the person will understand how to interact and care for seniors appropriately, both physical care and emotional care. If you are a caregiver interested in obtaining certification or already have certification status in your test (you must complete a certification course at an accredited school, complete clinical assignments in the field and then pass the state exam), you may take answer Caregiverlist's "Question of the Day", take the 10-Question Sample Nursing Aide test or take the full Certified Nursing Aide Practice Test.
What kinds of questions are asked on the Certified Nursing Aide test? You will find questions about what temperature bath water should be, use of a catheter and feeding tube, memory loss, range-of-motion exercises, bed sores, taking someone's temperature, managing for bed sores and questions about how to properly report certain items to managers and interacting with difficult clients.
Take our Sample Certified Nursing Aide test - it is free and you'll probably learn something and even if you know all the answers, being told you are "brilliant" is kind of nice!
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Are you considering becoming a Certified Nursing Aide? Or, are you interested in developing your nursing aide skills as a senior caregiver?
Hdmaster administers the nursing aide certification exams in many states, providing tests which are developed by Registered Nurses and approved by industry professionals and the health departments in each state. Senior caregivers seeking to work for senior home care agencies may be companion caregivers or may be required to be certified for certain cases (many long-term care insurance companies require the care to be provided by a certified nursing aide).
You can now take their official nursing aide practice test to find out the skills the nursing aides develop in their nursing aide training programs and you will enhance your own caregiving skills in the process.
Caregiverlist's nursing aide practice test can be found in our Caregiver Career Center, where you may also apply for a senior caregiving position in your area.
You may also sign-up for membership in the Professional Association of Caregivers and receive a 10-hour online training course and once passed at 80% pass rate for each module, will receive a certificate of completion.
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Senior caregivers assisting seniors in their homes may be companion caregivers or may be certified home health aides or certified nursing aides, depending upon the state where they are working and the licensing requirements for that state's department of health. If there is no hands-on care required, the majority of states do not require formal certification or training for a senior caregiver. However, most professional senior home care agencies do require new employees to complete their training program and provide ongoing training in caring for seniors with memory loss, for hospice care and for other age-related diseases such as Parkinson's disease.
Caregivers interested in pursuing a career as a professional caregiver working for a senior home care agency or assisted living community or nursing home may further their skills by taking nursing aide practice tests and regularly reviewing the nursing aide exam questions.
Caregiverlist offers a free question of the day and 10-question certified nursing aide sample test, provided by Headmaster, a leader in administering state nursing aide test exams. You may also find certified nursing aide training programs in your area.
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Caregivers interested in obtaining additional training in caring for seniors can obtain certification as a nursing aide or home health aide and attend customized training programs in hospice care and memory loss care.
Nursing Aide training involves learning hands-on care techniques, such as how to safely transfer someone from a bed to a walker or wheelchair and back to a chair or toilet. Nursing aide training also includes learning how to assist with all aspects of personal care including feeding, toileting, bathing and managing the emotional demands of caregiving. Nursing aide programs are available through local community colleges, community programs and some hospitals and nursing homes. You may find Certified Nursing Aide and Certified Home Health Aide programs in your area on Caregiverlist, along with their costs and admission requirements.
You may also purchase an online 10-hour caregiver training program for non-medical caregivers and receive a certificate of completion.
Many senior centers and associations for age-related illnesses, such as Parkinson's Disease and Alzheimer's Disease provide seminars and mini-training programs for both professional caregivers and family caregivers.
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Do you enjoy providing caregiving services for a loved one or neighbor? If so, you may want to become a Certified Nursing Aide and expand your employment opportunities while enjoying a fulfilling career.
Certification is managed by the department of health in each state in the U.S.A. You may usually find training programs through community colleges and in some states, nursing homes and hospitals offer certified nursing aide classes.
Admission requirements for Certified Nursing Aides are typically:
- Minimum age of 18
- Reading, writing and math competency
- English competency
- Drug testing
- Background checks
The cost ranges from $500 - $4,000 and usually financial aide and grant programs are available. Classes usually can be completed inm 1 to 3 months. Usually part-time evening programs are available.
You may learn more about caregiving job opportunities and find certified nursing aide training programs in your area on Caregiverlist.
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Sometimes it is tough when you are providing care for a senior who does not appreciate the care services and who, sometimes, does not even want the help, even though their life is much better with the assistance of a caregiver.
This quote is a reminder to all of us that wrinkles are a good thing! Aging does have a few benefits.
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There are many different paths to becoming a caregiver. Some senior caregivers first provided care to a friend or family member before becoming a professional caregiver. Others may have worked in other industries which did not provide flexible schedules or personal fulfillment.
For those caregivers seeking to become certified in their state as a certified nursing aide or home health aide, Caregiverlist provides an Insider's Guide with tips and interviews from nursing aide schools, including the 6 Success Tips for Becoming a Certified Nursing AIde:
1) Be proactive during the application process
2) Prepare before the first day of class
3) Be aware of the duties involved for Certified Nursing Aides
4) Set aside time to focus on the program
5) Apply early for financial aid
6) Research job opportunities ahead of graduation
This past weekend the Washington Post magazine published an in-depth story about senior caregiving, profiling a 63-year-old caregiver, Marilyn Daniel, who cares for multiple senior clients as a home health aide. The story mentions the turnover rate of 40 to 60% for direct-care workers and the low pay. Although the article says caregiving does not pay much more than minimum wage, which is actually inaccurate, as the federal minimum wage is $6.55 per hour and Marilyn Daniel is paid $12.40 per hour, nearly double the federal minimum wage.
Caregiving actually does pay much more than the minimum wage in every state and Caregiverlist provides the minimum wage information in every state to help caregivers negotiate their pay rate. The highest minimum wage is in Washington state, at $8.55 per hour, followed by Oregon state at $8.40 per hour and then by California, Connecticut, and Massachusetts, all paying $8.00 per hour. Most state minimum wages are somewhere between $6.55 and $7.25 per hour.
As is often noted, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the occupation of senior home care aides as the second-fastest-growing occupation in the U.S.A. with projections for a more than 50 percent increase in caregivers during the next decade.
Payroll taxes are typically another 25% of a caregiver's pay (Social Security, Unemployment, Worker's Compensation Insurance), although a caregiver does not see this money as take-home pay, but rather as payments direct to these benefits.
How much do you think caregivers should be paid? Should there be set increases according to advanced training completed and skills tests?
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